April 14, 2012

Colgate's Miller Scores Seven to Beat Leopards

from press release

EASTON, Pa.  – Senior captain Courtney Miller had herself quite a day for the Colgate women's lacrosse team as the midfielder tallied a career-high seven goals and nine points to lead the Raiders to a 13-11 win over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.

Colgate (4-10, 3-2 PL) inched closer to a Patriot League Tournament berth as the Raiders are currently tied with Holy Cross second at 3-2 in the league with one game remaining. Miller led the way for the winners and five of her seven goals coming in the second half.  Rookie Megan Ark tallied two goals, while Katie Sullivan and Alison Flood also had two-point days. Jennie Berglin
earned her fourth win of the year with nine stops, including seven in the final 30 minutes.

Lafayette (9-7, 2-3 PL) got five goals and an assist from Addie Godfrey for six points. Ana White had two goals and added a game-high 10 draw controls. The Leopards used three goalies and Meghan Curtin took the loss and made four stops, but allowed 10 goals.

The teams traded goals over the first 11 minutes of the game, including Miller's first of the day that tied the game at 2-2. Ark gave the Raiders their first lead of the game with 15 minutes left in the half to make it 3-2. The Leopards then reeled off four unanswered goals to push their advantage up to 6-3 with 7:43 left in the first half. Miller got one back before the end of the half to slice the Lafayette lead to 6-4.

Flood and Ark started the second half with back-to-back goals to tie the game at 6-6 in the first 1:20 of the final 30 minutes. Godfrey answered for the Leopards with two goals, including one during a player-up situation, to get the lead back at 8-6.

Then Colgate's Miller took over. She netted a natural hat trick with three-straight goals in a span of two minutes to give the Raiders a 9-8 lead with 20:57 remaining in the game. One goal was assisted by Flood, while the other two were unassisted. Godfrey tied the game for the sixth time in the match at 9-9 with 16:44 left. Miller fired back with her sixth of the game, coming on an assist by Sullivan to regain the advantage on the scoreboard at 10-9.

Katie Leto knotted the score for the eighth time with 15 minutes left in the game and then the Raiders netted three-consecutive goals to jump to their largest lead of the day at 13-10 with six minutes remaining. Sullivan, Miller and Quincey Spagnoletti had the three goals for Colgate. The Raiders allowed a goal from White with 2:43 left, but Colgate was able to protect its late three-goal lead and earned the 13-11 win.

Lafayette outshot the Raiders 28-25 and had a big advantage in draw controls at 19-7. The ground ball battle was tied at 18-18, but the Raiders forced the Leopards into 22 turnovers, which had a huge effect on the final score.

The Raiders will be back at Tyler's Field on Wednesday as Colgate hosts St. Bonaventure at 4 p.m. for Senior Day.

NOTES: Miller has scored in 26-straight games and she set a new career-high for goals in a game by two as five was her previous high … she has 46 goals this season, which is a career-high and is six away from joining the single-season top-10 … Miller jumps to fifth all-time in goals with 155 in her career and is one away from fourth … passed former teammate Colleen Bubnack '10 today on her seventh goal for third all-time on the career points list with 224 … Sullivan has tallied points in 10-straight … the 22 turnovers by Lafayette is the second-most by an opponent this season (23 by Vermont) … the 13 goals were the second-most this season in PL play (18 vs. American) … Navy clinched the top seed last night with a win against American and will host the PL Tournament.


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